Take a holistic approach to keeping winter illnesses at bay. Serve up one of these immunity-enhancing herbal extracts to the whole family:
1. Elderberry Syrup
For preventing colds and generally giving the immune system a boost, sweet elderberry syrup goes down easy with kids of all ages. A teaspoon a day keeps colds away, claims Jessie Hawkins, author of The Handbook of Vintage Remedies in kiwimagonline.com.
2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
A few whiffs of eucalyptus oil spells relief for sore, stuffy noses. When a couple of drops are added to a pot of boiling water, the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties go to work as you (or your child) inhale the vapor. For a more powerful effect, try placing a towel over your head as you lean over the pot to keep the steam concentrated around your nasal passages.
3. Slippery Elm Bark
To sooth sore throats, try a tablet of this lesser known herbal extract. Once inside the mouth, the bark dissolves into a gel-like coating that helps ease scratchy throats and painful swallowing.